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Meet San Fernando Valley Freelance Graphic Designer and Photographer: Joe Mikoli

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joe Mikoli.

Joe, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have been involved in the field of art since I was very young. I used to draw portraits and cartoon characters. I have always been creative which leads me to become a graphic designer later in time. I have been in the field of graphic design for over 10 years. I got into photography over 3 years ago since some graphic design clients of mine expressed that I should take part in photography. So, I bought a digital DSLR camera starting from scratch and I learned the principles of photography. Taken classes at local colleges, attended meet ups, group photoshoots to enhance my skills in the field. Some of these shoots were fashion, fitness, and portraits. Most of my photo work is in the fitness industry since I designed magazines in the health and fitness area in the past. I occasionally shoot fashion. I have had great opportunities to work with amazing individuals such as Jeanette Ortega, Obi Obadike, Jessica Vasquez, Emily Reynolds, Lauren Pappas, Sarah Carter, Frank Heiden, Pamela Jean Noble and many more.

I currently serve as the creative director for the BFW magazine at www.mybfw.com where I design the magazine with assistance from the publisher Kanika Utley. I also take part in some photography projects for magazine features. I am very happy being a published graphic designer and photographer. I am excited to see where my future will take me to.

Has it been a smooth road?
In the beginning, it was a bumpy road in photography because I was learning the ropes on using a camera and understanding light. In between, I have worked with good people with great results. My current struggle is that I am facing a lot of competition in this field but I always try to do my best and please my clients.

Have you ever felt like giving up?
I have had difficult moments in my profession. Sometimes it was hard to juggle multiple projects at the same time which caused stress on me. I always want to impress my clients to get the 100% satisfaction and nothing less. There is also a lot of competition in my line of work especially in the city of Los Angeles but I always have to keep my head up no matter what.

What would you tell someone who is just starting out?
I would advice to other people is that you would have to work hard and consistently to reach your goals. You need to passionate about your craft to achieve greatness. I also suggest taking part on the social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram to get your work out there. Being in the social media world helps showcase your work. It is not going to happen overnight, but give it time, good things will come and would eventually lead to great opportunities in your craft.

What are you looking forward to?
I recently commemorated 10 years in the creative field and I hope to commemorate another 10 years doing what I love to do. I am passionate about my work even though it is very competitive. I will always strive for greatness.

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1 Comment

  1. Scarlet

    October 26, 2016 at 23:19

    Wow! Amazing photographer!

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